I just woke up to an email that was all "Ohai! Remember like 5 months ago when you suspended your Netflix account? Well, you picked today to be the day it unsuspends. Have fun!"
Crap. Of course I forgot that I set it to today, I suspended it back in like September! I grumbled a little, because I *really* didn't have the spare $8 right now, but I was just thinking a day or two ago that it would be awesome to have for a month to catch up on a few things I've been wanting to see.
Of course, when I pulled up my account, I discovered that since Netflix sold their souls a few months ago and now streaming and dvds are separate plans, they automatically charged me for the "one dvd and unlimited streaming"... the plan I used to have for $8, which is now $16.
SIXTEEN FREAKING DOLLARS.
I don't remember the last time I spent $16 on ANYTHING, except like, my plane ticket to Canada back in July.
I'm not kidding. I'm cheap. And poor.
If my arm accidentally got cut off, and the doctors were like "Well, we can save the arm, but it is going to cost $16", I would probably have to think about it for a minute.
Okay, so that part is a slight exaggeration, but seriously, $16?? So now I have a whole $5 left in my bank account until I get my commission check in a few days. No, it's cool, Netflix, I didn't need to buy gas or eat or anything this week. We're cool.
Yes, it's totally my fault that I forgot that my account was supposed to renew today, but dang, Netflix. If someone was on the old $8 plan, don't you think it would be, ya know, THE RIGHT THING TO DO to offer different options when their account comes back?
I tried to forget my newfound brokeness and just enjoy it, but the streaming is SO BAD on my laptop that it took me like 45 minutes to try to watch 10 minutes of The Tudors. It would play fine for like 20 seconds after I refresh, but then it started lagging about every 2-3 seconds, so that the picture was never in tune with the audio. I know my poor lappytop is kinda slow, but I watch Hulu on it all the time and never have problems, so I don't really know what's up. Gonna try from the desktop later, hopefully that will work better, because I now intend to do nothing but watch Netflix for the next 30 days. Especially since I now can't afford to do anything else!
UPDATE- I just got the reciept from Paypal... with tax it came up to almost $18.